Quick facts


June 16, 1981


Montreal, QC


Montreal, QC


Para Judo


Guadalajara 2011

Lima 2019

Santiago 2023

Toronto 2015

At the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Justin Karn advanced to the bronze medal match but lost to Brazil’s Thiego Marques and placed fifth.

In 2018, Karn won the gold medal in the men’s 60 kilos at the Pan Am Championships just a week after his father passed away. Two years later at the same event in Montreal he notched a bronze and collected silver at the 2022 Pan Ams in Edmonton.

Also involved in swimming and wrestling, Karn took up judo at the age of 13, at the Brantford, Ontario school for the blind. The Guelph native immediately loved the sport, which requires strength, endurance, and great coordination.

Among Karn’s other great accomplishments is ranking seventh in the 60kg category at the London Paralympic Games in 2012. As a judoka in the B3 class for athletes with a visual disability, Karn also won the bronze at the Guadalajara Parapan American Games in 2011. 

Karn trains under Andrzej Sadej at the Institut national du sport in Montreal.


Competed at the 2012 Paralympic Games… 2011, 2015, 2019 Parapan Am Games…  born with aniridia, an eye condition that left him without irises…


2019 Parapan Am Games 60 kilos – 5th

2018 Pan Am Championships 60 kilos – 1st

2015 Parapan Am Games 60 kilos – 9th

2015 World Championships 60 kilos – 7th

2012 Paralympic Games 60 kilos – 7th

2011 Parapan Am Games 60 kilos – 3rd